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Giorgia Birkeland of White Bear Lake has earned a red, white and blue uniform as a member of the U.S. Olympic team in long track speed skating.

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Minnesota is rich in edible wild foods, but it’s difficult to find anything alive and growing when everything is buried under inches of snow and ice. Foraging for wild foods in winter is a bit like a scavenger hunt—it gets you outside and keeps you busy in the winter months, with the promise…

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Press Publications wants to hear your greatest love stories—anything worthy of a Nicholas Sparks novel to a blind date gone right will do! This is your chance to tell the community how you charmed your way into 50-plus years of marriage or were pleasantly surprised by a secret admirer. Submi…

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Forty years of wild game feasts that fed as many as 800 guests on behalf of wildlife conservation are a thing of the past now, due to the pandemic. But that didn’t stop the dinners’ founder, Rich Bohaty, from continuing his passion to give back. 

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Minnesotans know their way around ice — about 775,000 pounds of ice, to be exact. That impressive poundage belongs to this year’s ice palace maze at the Zephyr Theatre, which opens Jan. 15 and runs until Feb. 20. Weather permitting, the ice palace will remain open until the 28th.

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Along with winter come snow and cold, essential components of the many wintertime Minnesota activities. Ice anglers flock by the thousands to lakes, along with snowmobilers, skiers, skaters and others. Some find it hard to wait.

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Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. 

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Press Publications has helped deliver over 100 letters to Santa. Each year, Press Publications asks children to drop off their letters to Santa in the big red mailbox outside of the office in White Bear Lake, or to mail them in. 

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A rewarding performance in his hometown three years ago left composer/pianist Michael Djupstrom eager for an encore. That day has come, thanks to a grant from the S&R Foundation in Washington, D.C. 

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Hundreds of National Guard members from around the state and country participated in a recent training session at Century College and other state colleges that was coordinated to help address staffing shortages at healthcare facilities during a period of heightened need due to the continuing…

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Linda Johnson missed out on school sports, as Title IX came a bit too late for her, but she has enthusiastically embraced physical activity throughout her 66 years.

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Retired 3M engineer Jim Hunt loves rocks, especially agates. His fondness for the gemstones became more than a hobby recently after his son convinced him to open an Etsy shop. 

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The White Bear Lake Elf Hunt is back for its second year. On Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., families are invited to come downtown in search of toy elves, which will be hidden in 30 local businesses.

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Hisdahl’s Trophy has been a in business in White Bear Lake since 1967. Keith Hidsahl first purchased the business from his parents in 1995, and moved to his current location in 2005. In 2019, he started a major remodeling effort with a new building and new parking lot. In the process Keith s…

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It’s a rare occasion to have 45 people from ages 19 to 70 all in one room together, but that’s a typical Monday night rehearsal for the Valley Chamber Chorale. The amateur community choir is made up of doctors, lawyers, nurses and teachers — all types of people from all walks of life — who s…

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WHITE BEAR LAKE — An effort to formally ask the Metropolitan Council to "pause" all planning for the Purple Line, formerly known as Rush Line, failed last week. 

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Those of us who love dogs know what our furry friends can do for us. They get us outside for long walks. They greet us at the door when we come home from work. Even petting your pooch for 15 minutes can lower your blood pressure by 10%. 

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With a deadly open-water season nearly in the rearview mirror, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that lakes and ponds throughout the state have started to freeze — and that where ice hasn’t formed, the water is dangerously cold. It’s up to all people to choose to…

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The Minnesota Department of Health has launched new semi-permanent COVID-19 testing sites across the Twin Cities metro due to an increased demand for testing. The former YMCA in Lino Lakes is among the sites that offer both saliva PCR testing and rapid testing. 

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SHOREVIEW — Hidden in the Shoreview Village Mall is the Sacred Grounds Coffee House, a nonprofit creative community space meant to plant seeds of understanding so that equity and healing may flourish for all.

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SHOREVIEW — A vacant dentist office that has been closed for nearly 15 years in the Shoreview Village Mall is now the home of the Overflow Community Thrift Store, a nonprofit founded by Cathy Oestreich and Cinthia Velasquez.

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The theft of catalytic converters from parked vehicles has skyrocketed in the Twin Cities region, but a new pilot program from the Minnesota Automotive Dealers Association (MADA) aims to put a stop to these unchecked crimes. 

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Blood, sweat, tears and a lot of cake mix have gone into John Lupo’s baking business over the last 44 years. As the Grandma’s Bakery owner nears his 68th birthday, he’s retiring his flour-dusted apron and calling it quits.